The Society's core aim is
"To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".
TillVAS would like to thank everyone who has rejoined this year. We welcome your support and will continue to offer talks and other events as soon as it is safe to do so.
This little Train has been enjoyed by countless thousands of visitors over it's 31 years of operation. This year of course it has been closed due to safety concerns and the 30,000 visitors expected from Easter to Late summer will not be able to visit. If you would like to help this wonderful little railway survive please read the full story below
Dear TillVAS members and friends
Due to the spread of the virus we have decided to postpone all TillVAS events scheduled for April and May, including the AGM on the 1st April.
We are sorry to have to take this step but feel this is the best way to safeguard our members.
Given the circumstances, it may be some time before we are able to reschedule these events and at the moment it seems that even further postponements may be necessary.
We will keep in touch with you by the monthly newsletter, the website, facebook, twitter or as otherwise appropriate until we are able to resume TillVAS activities.
Meanwhile look after yourselves in these uncertain and challenging times
The TillVAS Committee.
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.
Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge
The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.
TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.
TillVAS is on Twitter and Facebook
The counter below shows the number of visitors to the website since October 2013:-
Please see the current newsletter for information on other talks held locally.
ALL EVENTS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Julia Day.
MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS
Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above. Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.
PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS
Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.
Items for sale include:-
1. The Society's first two publications by Antony Chessell and Gwen Chessell; Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed and Aspects of Buildings and Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford at £10 per copy and
2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books.
Copies of Breamish and Till and Aspects of Buildings and Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford , both written by Antony Chessell and Gwen Chessell, are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.